Queens Theatre Readies For 17th Latino Festival

The Queens Theatre’s 17th Annual Latino Cultural Festival, “Extraordinary Women, Illuminated,” will take place from July 29 to August 3.

The Latino Cultural Festival is a six-day celebration of Latin Culture, which consists of theater, music, dance and children’s programming. This year, the festival focuses on women and puts them at the center of the performances. The festival will feature performances by the group Glamour Tango led by musical director Polly Foreman, legendary singer Gloria Mirabal, well-known Colombian actress Marilyn Patiño and more.

“This year, women are center stage. The performances will be incredibly diverse, created by amazing, talented, inspirational women,” Managing Director Taryn Sacramone said.

On Tuesday, July 29, the festival kicks off with a show called Glamour Tango at 8 p.m. at the main stage. The show consists of music, dancing and a tribute to the women who wrote “Tango.” The festival continues on July 29 at 8 p.m. for Cocomama, a viewing of the virtual United Nations of women from places such as Cuba, Israel, France, Argentina, Mexico, Oregon and Wisconsin. On Thursday, enjoy traditional Colombian music from Andre Tierra, Johanna Castañeda and Carolina la O in World Beat Folklore Colombia at 8 p.m. Friday features six Bolero singers in Damas Del Bolero at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, families are invited to enjoy a bilingual musical of Caperucita Roja “Little Red Riding Hood.” The musical will start at 1 p.m. on the main stage. Cost of admission is $14. During the evening, Mariachi Flor de Toloache, an all-female mariachi band founded in New York City in 2008 by Mireya Ramos will play. Also, enjoy a free play reading of “Cuerdas” at the Cabaret. Both the Mariachi and Cuerdas begins at 8 p.m.

On Sunday, listen to music from Heidi Joubert and Alejandra Garcia in Mujer Internacional: Fernando’s Kitchen and La Toquilla at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, at the Studio Theatre for $20, watch a solo show called Ser Feliz No Tiene Hombre “Happiness Knows No Man” at 8 p.m.

Latino Cultural Festival runs from July 29 to Aug. 3 at Queens Theatre, located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Tickets are available online at www.queenstheatre.org or by calling the Box Office at (718) 760-0064.

Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the Queens Theatre Box Office. One can also purchase a mini-pass of any three shows for $75 in the main stage or full festival pass of any six shows for $125.